I'm an old-school, two-fisted piano player with a strong tenor voice for all styles of popular music. Life-of-the-party or background music; swingin' standards like Harry Connick, Jr. or rock and soul Piano Man-style like Elton, Billy, Ray, Jerry Lee, Dr. John and Fats Domino. I want to get the whole room swingin', dancin' and singin' along and I'm always happy to hand off the mic to a guest singer... after all, IT'S YOUR PARTY!
I've played piano bars, restaurants, wedding receptions and cocktail hours, corporate events, casino lounges and private parties from the Pocono Mountains to the Jersey Shore, and from Maryland to Connecticut for more than 20 years. I know how to "read the room" and play appropriately for whatever the moment calls for, which is SOMETHING YOU CAN ONLY DO WHEN PLAYING COMPLETELY LIVE... WITHOUT PROGRAMMED OR RECORDED BACKGROUND TRACKS! Like I said, "I'm old-school".
I play songs you know by heart in a style that is accessible and danceable, and maybe just different enough from the recordings we all love to be interesting and fun. I love to mix a great swingin' standard with rock, soul, and blues... and I can also make a rock 'n' roll classic swing. Check out my videos and you'll hear what I mean. I also like to take a new song from an unexpected place and fit it into my style. As long as I can make it rock or swing, I'll give it a shot.
For a bigger sound, let me call upon some of my swingin' sidemen and vocalists to turn up the heat! For a little bigger show with a sweet and elegant touch, I work with several excellent female vocalists, including the lovely Ashley G. who can croon the standards of the 1920's through Today with me. Want even more?... How about an upright bass and/or drums?... Maybe a sax or trumpet or jazz guitar! You get the idea. Just tell me what you want for your event and I can put together the right combo for any occasion.
I pride myself on professionalism and I am always punctual and courteous. You could hire anyone, so I want to earn your future business and your enthusiastic referral to everyone you know! I never lose sight of the fact that your affair is special for you and your guests, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime event, so I ALWAYS BRING MY "A" GAME! I love to play and I show it with every song!
Professional Testimonial from Ashley G., 9/10/13
"I've had the opportunity to work with CJ Steinway on many occasions. He is a consummate professional with impeccable piano and vocal skills, a dapper style, and an unmatched ability to get the crowd swinging along! In my career as a professional vocalist, CJ is one of my favorite musicians with whom to work. He is always punctual, receptive to requests, and when I'm sorting through the sea of hired musicians to choose from in the area, his talent and energetic love of music stands out above the rest!"
~Ashley, Philadelphia, PA
Education and Experience:
Moravian College, 1987-'91
Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Jazz Studies
Professional Pianist/Keyboardist and Vocalist - soloist and with bands. 1989 - Present
Private Instructor of Piano and Voice. 1997 - Present
Director of Instrumental Music. 1993-'94
Germantown Academy, Ft. Washington, PA